The Weekender 25/05/2019

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In Super Rugby this weekend, the Chiefs kept their purely-mathematical chances of a playoffs spot alive after they defended the Reds to a stand-still in the final five minutes for a 19-13 win at Waikato Stadium last night. The Chiefs made 240 tackles to the Reds 87, while the penalty count was about the same ratio or worse.
Last weekend the only winning New Zealand team were the Blues! The Crusaders drew with the Stormers 19-19 and the Highlanders held a one-point lead at the final quarter but fell to a 38-29 loss to the Lions. The Blues had some help from the ref but beat the Chiefs 23-8 for the first time in eight years.
During the week the Crusaders launched a joint investigation into a couple of incidents of poor player behaviour after a couple of allegations, which have been refuted by both the Crusaders players and third parties.

The New Zealand Under-20 team have kicked off their U-20 World Cup campaign with a massive 5-0 win over Honduras in Poland.
The Wellington Phoenix are not just losing their coach with six more players moving on as well.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke won the 49er European championships this week as they took a big step in their comeback as they try to defend their Olympic title.

NZ News

The Tamaki's (of Destiny Church) announced a new political party this week. The Coalition New Zealand party will be led by Hannah Tamaki. The new party isn't a Christian party but is aimed at a "silent majority" of NZers who are unhappy with where society is heading.

A review of bullying and harassment in the workplace at Parliament was released this week. The release photo was of the head of the review and of Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard. Which is very ironic. I'm pretty sure he is the biggest bully in parliament.

This week saw the symbolic re-entry into the Pike River mine where 29 men lost their lives in an explosion in November 2010. The team will endeavour to recover the bodies.

I should put this in the joke of the week, but a Mayoral candidate has been accused of age, gender and race-based "hate speech" by a councillor. And what did the elderly white male do to incur such wrath from the young female councillor? Apparently, he said the "hateful" words "Beware the charismatic pitch of the Pied Piper". That was it, I don't think there was any more. Unbelievable. Perhaps he should fight fire with fire and sue her for libel.

The Numbers Game

3: rd year in a row for Beth Howarth being recognised as one of the world's best engagement photos, this time a couple overlooking the Port Hills
4.6: times as many as normal, Australians went to the Immigration New Zealand website in the days following the shock Liberal coalition general election win
14: towers on Mt Ruapehu's new gondola are now all in place. The $25m project should open by the end of June
11,000: calls made to the new Police non-emergency number (105 - tenfive) in the first 12 days
600,000: $ worth of assets recovered from Ministry of Transport fraudster Joanne Harrison
7.7m: $ to be spent by the government to enhance and upgrade the SuperGold card scheme
320m: $ from the government for a package of initiatives aimed at preventing family and sexual violence and breaking the cycle of violence
548m: $ spent on video games in the 2018 calendar year, over half a billion for the first time

Finance NZ Dollar

GBP 0.5154 (+0.0026)
EUR 0.5847 (+0.0006)
USD 0.6553 (+0.0030)
AUD 0.9463 (-0.0043)

The Weekender NZer of the week

Ross McEwan
Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc’s top banker, New Zealander Ross McEwan, will leave the state-backed lender within a year, Bloomberg reports.
“His successful execution of the strategy to refocus the bank back on its core markets here in the UK and Ireland has helped to deliver one of the biggest UK corporate turnarounds in history,” chairman Howard Davies said in the statement.

Joke of the Weekender

“Pickup artists” and “garbagemen” should switch names.


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